Former NFL receiver Cris Carter, who has overcome addictions to alcohol and cocaine in his past, said Monday on ESPN's Mike and Mike that the Cleveland Browns should cut troubled receiver Josh Gordon in the wake of his DUI arrest early Saturday.
Carter expanded on his comments to cleveland.com, telling the site Gordon needs to have football taken away from him in order to deal with his substance abuse issues.
"Obviously the support system he has now doesn't work, so I would develop a new support team and it wouldn't be with the Browns. It would be people like myself, it would be people like (former NBA star and addiction specialist) John Lucas, and other NFL players. I'd have him go somewhere.
"Gordon needs to save his life now. He needs to learn to live substance-free, and the team isn't going to be able to help him do that now. If he wants to play football, he's going to have to show substantial progress in the next year for the NFL to allow him to play ever again."
Following a second reported violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy this offseason, the third-year pro is currently facing a hearing, reportedly scheduled for late July, to determine if he'll be suspended for the entire 2014 season or if he'll face a reduced punishment.
Gordon was suspended for two games last season after his first substance abuse violation and also failed at least three drug tests in college while playing for Baylor.
He came back from the suspension last season to lead the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards on 87 catches and added nine touchdowns.